BIG DEBUT BY CANADIAN AUTHOR: Omar is an Egyptian-born Canadian journalist formerly of the Globe and Mail.
STRONG US PARTNERS: Knopf (US) has an announced 1st print run of 75,000, and the pub date capitalizes on moment in time when these questions seem most present.
CONTROVERSY: A searing indictment of America’s wars in the Middle East, American War is certain to ignite heated conversations and debate.
RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES: Drones, refugee camps, global politics—this book has it all. American War is deeply informed by the Bush- and Obama-era world order. It will continue to be relevant as foreign wars and national conflicts continue.
LITERARY THRILLER: Written in beautiful prose influenced by great Southern writers such as Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy, this fast-paced dystopian novel is artful and thrilling in equal measure.
UNFORGETTABLE PROTAGONIST: Sarat is a character like none we’ve seen before. As she grows up before our eyes, we see a young headstrong girl become a radicalized agent in real time.
FAMILY STORY: This is not just Sarat’s story. It is the story of a family torn apart by war, and of the legacy the family carries into the postwar years.
A DISTURBINGLY BELIEVABLE NEAR FUTURE: The author has created an immaculately detailed, wholly credible late twenty-first century world in which the need for sustainable energy causes a new American civil war and a unified Middle East.
Advance Praise for American War:
“American War is an extraordinary novel. El Akkad’s story of a family caught up in the collapse of an empire is as harrowing as it is brilliant, and has an air of terrible relevance in these partisan times.”—Emily St. John Mandel
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